Penpa Tsering, former speaker of Tibet’s exile parliament, was formally named by the Tibetan Election Fee on Friday as Sikyong, or political chief, of the India-based exile authorities, the Central Tibetan Administration.
Successful 34,324 votes in a carefully fought April 11 election held in Tibetan communities worldwide, Tsering had moved decisively forward of the 28,907 votes secured by rival Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang, who congratulated Tsering on his win.
With a voter turnout of 63,991 out of 83,080 registered voters, the turnout was the very best within the historical past of Tibetan elections held in exile, the Election Fee mentioned.
Talking to RFA’s Tibetan Service after his win was declared, Tsering pledged to work arduous “for the Tibetan trigger and for the welfare of Tibetan society,” including, “We should stand united now and perceive who our actual enemy is,” referring to China, which invaded and occupied the previously impartial Tibet 70 years in the past.
“Tibetans in Tibet have stored the Tibetan trigger alive with nice willpower below China’s oppressive rule for all these years, with many even sacrificing their lives for the trigger,” Tsering added in an official assertion following the announcement of his win.
“Now we have to ensure their lives weren’t sacrificed in useless,” Tsering mentioned.
The Tibetan diaspora is estimated to incorporate about 150,000 individuals dwelling in 40 international locations, primarily India, Nepal, North America, and in Europe.
Tsering now replaces Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-trained scholar of legislation, who had served two consecutive five-year phrases as Sikyong, an workplace within the northern Indian metropolis of Dharamsala stuffed by candidates elected since 2011 by widespread vote.
Sangay on Friday issued a video message congratulating Tsering on his win on behalf of the exile cupboard, or Kashag, including that Tsering will most certainly take his oath of workplace on Could 26 after new Tibetan justice commissioners and a brand new speaker of parliament are seated.
Previously an impartial nation, Tibet was invaded and integrated into China by pressure 70 years in the past, and Tibetan non secular chief the Dalai Lama and hundreds of his followers later fled into exile in India and different international locations all over the world following a failed 1959 nationwide rebellion towards China’s rule.
Chinese language authorities keep a good grip on the area, limiting Tibetans’ political actions and peaceable expression of cultural and spiritual identification, and subjecting Tibetans to persecution, torture, imprisonment, and extrajudicial killings.
Reported and translated by Tenzin Phakdon for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.